America's Educational System Goes Back to School

Thursday, Nov. 12 | 1:30–3 p.m.

By 2020, the U.S. could face a shortfall of 14 million workers who have the knowledge and skills needed to compete for middle-income jobs in a global economy. About half the students who enter college are not prepared for college-level courses. Forty percent of students at four-year institutions and 63 percent at two-year colleges must take remedial education. According to Measuring Up 2004, the timely completion of certificates remains one of the weakest aspects of performance in higher education. States traditionally have tasked high schools with preparing some students for college and the rest for the work force. As the need for college education grows, some high schools are striving to create an educational environment that prepares all students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in higher education. This session will focus on changes the U.S. educational system must make to compete globally.